Monday, August 27, 2012

Book Review and Giveaway: Shift by Raine Thomas

Author: Raine Thomas
Series or Stand-alone: 
            Book 2 in the FirstBorn Series 
How I got it:
            For a Book Tour
Pages: 280
Publisher: Iambe Books
Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy
First Published: August 24 2012
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FIRST LINE(S): "Donald, lieutenant of the Waresti, heard the moan first. He wasn't as knowledgeable able emotions as his two commanders and class elder, archigos Uriel, yet even he recognized the suffering conveyed by that sound.."

The GIST (From Goodreads):

Having the ability to shapeshift, Sophia is familiar with change. But even she feels the rising tension in her homeland.

A shadowy male and deadly beast reside in their midst. The births of the newest Kynzesti loom. Hostile Mercesti continue to hunt for the Elder Scroll, and a traumatized female is too afraid to use her abilities to stop them.

Topping off Sophia’s stress is Quincy, the male she’s convinced can’t stand her. She rues the loss of their friendship, but can’t figure out how to move past it. She’ll soon learn, however, that mending that rift bears more significance than she ever imagined.

The search for the Elder Scroll takes on unexpected urgency, and Sophia finds herself in a race across the mainland. To stop the Mercesti led by Eirik, she and her companions must get past their differences and unite against them. If they don’t, Eirik will acquire the immense power he seeks, and two of the beings Sophia loves most will die.

Warning: Mild Spoilers from Books 1: Defy

Shift continues the Firstborn series with the story of Sophia, a secondary character in Book 1. In Book 1, Sophia came of age and learned to shift forms venturing out in search of her cousin Tate. Now she has to use that ability on an important quest in order to get the Elder Scroll before the dun dun dun bad guy Eririk gets it.

What I liked about this book is getting more involved in the relationship between Quincy and Sophia which was explored a little in Book 1. Sophia was always been different looking than the people around her and never fit in physically. She thinks that that's the reason that Quincy, the guy she likes, can hardly stand to be around her. Little does she know that Quincy is massively in love with her but he has a funny way of dealing with it. I really enjoyed their romance in this novel. I also liked finding out the reason behind Sophia's differing looks and what she has to deal with with that.

One problem I had with the book is that I still didn't understand most of the words used to describe each generation in this world even though I read Book 1. I can't stand to flip back to a definition just to understand what's going on. I wish the different classes were explained better. It didn't effect the story much because I just eventually skipped over the words I didn't understand automatically. Maybe this problem is just me.


A few explanation issues but still a nail bitingly good read---8.0 out of 10.

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